Better Students Ask More Questions.
What is the knocking in Act 2 Scene 2 in Macbeth?
1 Answer | add yours
At the end of the scene, Macduff and his companions are arriving at the castle. They apparently had been told by Duncan to come early-- indeed, earlier than Macbeth had expected them. The last line of the scene has Macbeth shouting, "Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou could'st." The exasperated plea is similar to the cliche that something is so loud, it could wake the dead. Macbeth immediately follows up with a statement of guilt. He regrets what he has done, and the guilt will subsequently consume him.
Posted by teachersyl on August 25, 2011 at 3:05 AM (Answer #1)
Related QuestionsSee all »
Join to answer this question
Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.